Amazon posts updated dietary supplement requirements
NOVEMBER 3, 2021
Amazon updates dietary supplement requirements
Amazon has published updated standards for dietary supplements on Seller Central. While CRN is still reviewing what these changes could mean for members, the new standards appear to be largely similar to the old standards.
More certification options: In lieu of requiring a certificate of analysis (COA) from an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab or an in-house laboratory located in a facility that has undergone a specified GMP audit, Amazon will also accept certification from certain third-party programs, such as a NSF, USP, and UL program certification.
What’s new: Amazon’s new standards include enhanced requirements for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and weight management supplements, including that a COA must be from an ISO/IEC 17025 lab and test results must be included for specific contaminants.
Helpful resources: The updated requirements page includes a detailed analysis of what information must be included in a COA for all products, how to submit information, and a Q&A section.
Bottom line: CRN appreciates the flexibility incorporated into Amazon’s standards. These requirements are important for building consumer trust in the industry and CRN encourages all retailers, like Amazon, to discuss with industry how to develop flexible harmonized standards that will increase consumer transparency, while limiting the burden to manufacturers.
Questions? Contact Megan Olsen.
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